By Margaret Hedderman
Today is Election Day. Since the beginning of time, we’ve been barraged by campaign ads, pundit analysis, and antagonistic drivel from both parties. While I clearly have my own personal ideas and values for government rule, I still encourage everyone to vote: Republicans, Democrats, Independents, and The Pirate Party of the United States (not as cool as it sounds.)
Where the 2008 election was characterized by a sense of hope and prosperity in the face of insurmountable odds, the 2010 elections have been painted by fear and hatred, buried in the rubble of our former hopes for the future.
Is it the government’s fault? Yes. Is it ours as well? You betcha. Politics is what it is because we, collectively, send these representatives to office. We give them jobs (let’s not forget that) and their fear-mongering campaigns are so only because they attempt to reflect the view of the American public.
Are we really so divided? Do we really hate them: next-door neighbors, farmers, doctors, creepers at the gas station? Maybe. Maybe not.
But one thing is certain. If you truly believe in hope for America, vote like it. And, might I remind us all, that hate is not the vernacular of hope. When you go to the polls today, don’t let the high-charged emotions of campaign hype influence your voice.
Vote for what is right for the country, not just for you.